English

Programs offered
  • English (major, minor, and concentrations)

As an English major or minor, you will encounter some of life’s fundamental questions about the human condition. You will think about the truth-telling possibilities of story, cultivating an understanding of the word as God’s uniquely human gift.

You will think, read, and write extensively in an English academic program marked by a strong degree of community both inside and outside the classroom. You will read texts including Beowulf, Shakespeare, and traditional great works of the Western canon as well as emerging voices worldwide.

And because the study of English also rests on the rigorous tools of critical thinking and textual interpretation, you will find an English major or minor is excellent preparation for life beyond the university as well.

Find out more about this program’s mission, vision, and learning outcomes.

English (BA)

  • A minimum of 61–64 credits is required for this major, including 30 upper-division credits.
  • In either the Literature or Creative Writing Concentration, you must complete a shared core of courses that ground your understanding of literary history and the interpretive tools of our discipline.
  • Each concentration has a second core requirement emphasizing craft and methodology.
  • If you choose both the Literature and Creative Writing concentrations, the core English major courses may count toward both concentrations, but no more than 10 other English credits may be counted twice.
  • After you matriculate at SPU, no more than 10 credits earned through another university, domestically or abroad, may be applied to the English major.  Students with extenuating circumstances may petition this restriction.

English minor

  • A minimum of 30–33 credits are required for this minor, including 15 upper-division credits.
  • Three minors are available: Creative Writing, Literature, and Professional Writing.
  • Each minor includes Core courses as well as electives.
  • If you are an English major, no more than 10 English credits may be counted toward both the major and the minor.

Apply to the major or minor

  • Apply for a major or minor using the online Major or Minor Application form.
  • To qualify for admission to the major, you should have successfully completed at least 10 credits of work in English at SPU with a minimum 2.5 GPA. At least five of those credits must come from one of these Core major courses: ENG 2225, 2251, 2252, or 2253.
  • To qualify for admission to the minor, you must have an average GPA of 2.5 or higher in at least two SPU English courses.
  • The English Department chair must approve your application.
  • You must complete the major or minor requirements in effect in the SPU Undergraduate Catalog for the year of admittance to the major or minor.

Future teachers

Certification with elementary education endorsement

If you plan to teach in an elementary school and are interested in English or Language Arts, you must major in Integrated Studies with a concentration in Language Arts and complete the Teacher Certification program through the School of Education. The faculty advisor for the Language Arts concentration is Dr. Middeljans (amiddel@spu.edu).  Alternatively, you may pursue your certification as a post-baccalaureate or graduate student.

Certification with secondary education endorsement

If you plan to teach English in a middle or high school, you should major in English and complete the Teacher Certification program through the School of Education.  Alternatively, you may pursue your certification as a post-baccalaureate or graduate student.

Study abroad opportunities

South Africa Seminar

This SPU Global Seminar, taught by Dr. Segall, is a biennial study abroad program offering you an opportunity to study literature and culture in South Africa during the month of September (prior to Autumn Quarter). Learn more

Literature and Creative Writing in Rome

This biennial summer program, taught by Dr. Maier, offers you the opportunity to study literature and creative writing while staying in the Eternal City of Rome for a month. Learn more

Spain and Morocco Seminar

This SPU Global Seminar, taught by Dr. Segall, is a biennial study abroad program offering you an opportunity to study literature and culture during the month of September (prior to Autumn Quarter) while making the transnational journey from Granada in Moorish Spain to Fes in Morocco. Learn more

For details about all study abroad opportunities, visit SPU’s Global Education: Study Abroad pages.

Sstudents studying

English Department

Visit the English Department to see how a degree in English can help you achieve your goals and make a difference in the world.

Time Schedule: English

Course planning

Suggested course sequences help you complete your degree in a timely manner.

SPU students on campus

Lingua

Lingua is SPU’s student literary magazine. Under the direction of a faculty advisor, you can help design, contribute to, edit, and publish the magazine.

SPU campus

Internships at Image

Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion is an award-winning literary journal headquartered in the SPU Department of English. If you’re an English major, you can apply to intern on its editorial staff.